Tour de France 2021 – Stage 12

Col de La Loze and Madeleine Bust

As Paula righteously pointed out this morning, (most) normal people would take a day off, after yesterday’s effort.

She also knows I’m not normal, so she didn’t object to driving me to Moutiers, to start my ride up the Col de la Loze.

I had never even heard of the bloody thing and had actually planned a trip up to Courchevel, when looking that one up, I noticed La Loze, as it is mentioned “nearby”.

It all went downhill from there and today was a complete bust…

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Tour de France 2021 – Stage 10

Madeleine and Chaussy

Today, it was actually sunny but still chilly early in the morning.

Which was not such a bad thing, as it made my warming up for this stage easier.

As it is not a repeat of stage 1 – in case you’re wondering if you did see that stage header before – that warming up took me to La Chambre.

During stage 1, I “missed” the first ~5 kms of the Col de la Madeleine and as they have good gaufres (waffles) at the summit restaurant, the one with the old motor bike in front, I wanted to get up the full length of it, just for one of those 😎

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Tour de France 2021 – Stage 1

Col de la Madeleine via Col du Chaussy

While the weather forecast was not very good, it wasn’t raining as predicted when we got up.

So, after breakfast, waiting a bit more to be sure, I got on my bike in front of our apartment.

After the warming up to get to the Lacets de Montvernier, it first looked like that road was closed, but it was only the road through Pontemafrey that was under construction.

I started to follow the “Col du Chaussy par Lacets de Montvernier”, saw the 13 kms sign and returned back into town to switch on my GoPro.

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Tour de France 2014 – Stage 4

Madeleine and Glandon

As expected, despite the fatigue, the ride up the Madeleine from La Léchère was easier than the one from La Chambre on Monday.

The altitude gain is about the same, but you have some 5 kilometers more to conquer that.

Too bad the weather was not really cooperating – it would frequently drizzle just enough to soak all clothes, but the temperature was not unpleasant…

This time, both restaurants at the summit were open and I had a good omelette at ‘Les Deux Mazots’.

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Tour de France 2014 – Stage 3

Iseran, Mont Cenis and Madeleine

Silly me. When I plotted this – originally 185 kilometer long – course, I was like ‘Oh, that’s 60 to 70 kilometers downhill after the Iseran – easy, peasy’…

So, I was confident I would bring this ‘Queen’s Stage’ to a good end – I guess I more or less did, but once again, my mildly disturbing optimism regarding my abilities, almost got the better of me.

Anyway, the Iseran itself was not all that interesting up to Val d’Isère, although the views passing the Lac du Chevril were already much better.

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